Benefits of a Custom Night Guard

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Many people are unaware of how beneficial a custom night guard can be which is why our Peoria dentist, Dr. Ben Cooperman, has answered many questions and offered more information regarding custom night guards in this post. 

What is a custom night guard?

A night guard is a transparent, thin device you wear over the biting surface of your teeth, when sleeping. It prevents your top and bottom teeth from touching. A custom night guard is made to perfectly fit between your top and bottom teeth to ensure it is comfortable enough to wear throughout the night. 


Why do I need a night guard?

“Teeth grinding, clenching, bruxism, headaches, and tooth wear” are the most common reasons a person may need a night guard, says Dr. Cooperman. A custom night guard can also help reduce snoring and relieve obstructive sleep apnea. 


What causes teeth grinding and clenching?

“Grinding teeth is a symptom for a postural issue that occurs during sleep. It can be caused by stress, tension, or airway issues” according to Peoria dentist, Dr. Cooperman. 


Why is clenching and grinding your teeth bad for you?

Clenching and grinding your teeth can cause: flattened, chipped, or loose teeth, damaged tooth enamel, sensitive or painful teeth, soreness in the neck, face, or jaw, pain resembling an ear or headache, Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). 


How long does it take to make a custom night guard? What does the process entail?

Dr. Cooperman says it takes “one week” to make a custom night guard and all that needs to be done is to take “simple impressions that take just a few minutes” during a dental visit. 


Do most dental insurances cover this?

Dr. Cooperman is happy to let you know that “most cover the majority of the cost”. For more information about prices contact us at (623) 289-9334. We are happy to answer any questions. 


If you are suffering from any of the above mentioned symptoms or think you may be clenching or grinding your teeth at night, give us a call to book an appointment with Peoria dentist, Dr. Cooperman. The use of a simple device such as a custom mouth guard may be just what you need to help you sleep better as well as live a healthier and happier life.


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